Youth religiosity and substance use: A meta-analysis from 1995 to 2007

Jerf W.K. Yeung, Yuk Chung Chan, Boris L.K. Lee

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In this meta-analysis, the magnitude of the protective effects of religiosity on youth involvement in substance use was investigated. Based on 22 studies in peer-reviewed journals published between 1995 and 2007, the average weighted mean correlation was Zr= .16, significant regardless of the definitions of religiosity. The homogeneity test of variance showed consistent protective effects of religiosity on four types of substance use, namely, alcohol, cigarette, marijuana, and other illicit drugs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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  • Psychology(all)

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